Casie and I have lived in P-town for 3 months now. We will have more opportunities to learn this city as we raise support over the next 12 months. Here’s what we’ve realized already.
- It really is in the middle of everything. Unfortunately all 3 methods of crossing the Elizabeth River are toll bridges as of this Spring (not cool). EZ-Pass makes it easy, but we’re averaging $75/month in tolls. Sigh.
- The crime is real, but it’s highly concentrated. I’d feel safe walking 80% of this city by myself.
- The city gets a bad rap. Numerous people have questioned our choice to move here. Many assume it’s worse than it is. My neighbors are friendly and love this city. Everywhere I go I meet people who love this city and reiterate that they feel Portsmouth has a reputation that isn’t fair.
- The flooding can be a nightmare. This happens about 3-4 times per year because Portsmouth is less than 10 feet above sea level. Fortunately most of the city is high enough to navigate, but the low-lying areas tend to shutdown all traffic routes.
- We landed in the right spot. The elementary school is 1,200 feet from our front door. The soccer complex is a block away (nightly pick-up games are regular). The little league baseball fields are on the other side of the school. It’s not unusual for 1,000 people to be cheering and playing sports within 2 blocks of our home on Saturday morning.
God led us here. I didn’t know any of this when we moved here. It just happened to be a house we could afford in what seemed like a central location. God knew where to put us.